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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother.

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... Victor
Donna Maldonado ... Donna
Kevin Rivera ... Harold
Krystal Rodriguez ... Vicki
... Judy
... Melonie
Matthew Roberts ... Hector
Alexander Garcia ... Al
John Ramos ... Macho
Theresa Martinez ... Judy's Mom
Altagracia Guzman ... Grandma
... Nino
Wilfree Vasquez ... Carlos
Randy Luna ... Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite ... Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)
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Victor is growing up on the Lower East Side and is at the age where he is driven by desire and unchained by maturity. His image as a ladies man is shattered when he is found in Fat Donna's bedroom. Soon, as a result of his sister's big mouth, the whole Dominican community knows. Full of confidence, Victor sets out to reclaim his image by winning Judy. Judy proves to be elusive and difficult. Victor persists, and with a surprising tenderness, ultimately wins Judy's heart. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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2 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Long Way Home  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,166, 30 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,073,984, 10 August 2003
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The film's working title was "Long Way Home". See more »

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Guy hanging out: [to Melonie and Judy] Hey, whassup. How y'all doin'? Which one'a yo wanna get fucked in the doody ho? You?
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Casado y Cansado (No Puedo Mas)
Written by Coati Mundi (as Coati Mundi Hernandez)
Produced by Coati Mundi
Performed by ManicPhonic Meltdown
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Nothing real in that film
31 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Raising Victor Vargas fails terribly in what it tries most to be: being real. Unfortunately, there is no reality to this film. The characters and situations feel completely artificial and fake.

The reason? Bad directing. Peter Sollett uses all the wrong tools in his arsenal. It seems Mr. Sollett read somewhere that not lighting his film would give it an authentic feel. Wrong! It just gives it a badly-made feel. Similarly, shaking the camera does not give a documentary style to your film, it just gives the audience a headache and detracts from what's on screen instead of enhance it.

Of course, what's on screen is so painfully fake, as if Mr. Sollett wrote his script with the only goal of trying to look "hip" to his Sundance buddies and show how "edgy" a filmmaker he is.

Overall, the only lasting impression this film leaves you with is what a bad director Mr. Sollett is. Next time, how about taking a few writing and directing classes?


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